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Obama may nominate Indian-American judge on US apex court

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Washington: Srinivasan, whose mother is from Chennai and father was from Tirunelveli, is considered to have a bipartisan support in the Congress and is popular among both Democrats and Republican lawmakers. His parents had migrated to the US in the 1960s. dh illustration

Sri Srinivasan could become the first Indian-American to be on the bench of the US Supreme Court after conservative icon Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death gave rise to speculation that President Barack Obama may nominate the moderate judge who enjoys impeccable bipartisan support.

Chandigarh-born Srikanth Sri Srinivasan, 48, tops the list of prospective justice to the country’s highest judicial body as Obama said he plans to fulfill his “constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor” to Scalia.

“Any list begins with Sri Srinivasan, a member of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – a traditional launching pad for Supreme Court nominees,” the CNN reported on Sunday.

“There’s always a short-list of potential justices that court experts and watchers have in their heads; Obama will be cognisant that he is replacing a conservative icon and that might temper his choices, leading him to try to find someone that at least some Republicans in Congress might find acceptable,” it said.

The moderate DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge, has already been labeled Obama’s “Supreme Court nominee in waiting,” by Jeffrey Toobin, legal analyst for CNN and The New Yorker.

Srinivasan, whose mother is from Chennai and father was from Tirunelveli, is considered to have a bipartisan support in the Congress and is popular among both Democrats and Republican lawmakers. His parents had migrated to the US in the 1960s.

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